Melanie Krause of Cinder Wines uses Syrah to win Idaho Wine Competition for third time

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Melanie Krause, her husband, Joe Schnerr, and their children, Rowen and Charli, take a moment to relax at their Cinder winemaking studio and tasting room in the Boise suburb of Garden City, Idaho. (Photo courtesy of Cinder Wines)

CALDWELL, Idaho — Melanie Krause was a winemaking star on the rise at Château Ste. Michelle in Washington state when she returned to her native Idaho to make world-class Syrah in the Snake River Valley and launch Cinder Wines in 2008.

And while this week marked the third time Krause has produced the No. 1 wine at the Idaho Wine and Cider Competition, it was the first time judges selected one of her expressions of Syrah as the state’s best wine.

“It’s my favorite wine, so it’s about time,” Krause quipped.

Highpoint Cider in Victor, a community near the Wyoming border and the sunrise shadows of the Tetons, produced the tasting’s top cider — MotherTrucker, a semi-sweet entry.

Krause, raised in Boise by parents with a passion for gardening, continues to showcase the Snake River Valley’s flair with varieties native to the Rhône Valley of France. Last year, the Garden City winemaker earned spots in the sweepstakes with Viognier as the best white wine and used Cinsault to lead the rosé field. This year, Krause also used Syrah to produce a gold-medal winning rosé that nearly reached the sweepstakes.

In 2017, a Riesling from Cinder was the judging’s No. 1 wine. The first time she won the Gem State judging was 2014 when a 2012 Malbec returned the best-of-show award for Huston Vineyards and Caldwell vintner Gregg Alger — one of Krause’s early clients.

At a production level of 1,000 cases, the Cinder 2020 Syrah from the Snake River Valley ($35) serves as the flagship red for the 10,000-case brand Krause owns with her husband, Joe Schnerr. She blends fruit from two of Idaho’s most important sites — Sawtooth and Williamson — and co-ferments with a bit of Viognier in the northern Rhône style.

Acclaimed journalist/educator Deborah Parker Wong, who chronicles the wine world beyond her home in San Francisco, was among the judges who decided that the Syrah by Krause ranked as the competition’s No. 1 wine. The global wine editor for SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel magazines also serves as the national editor for Slow Wine Guide USA. This week afforded her with her first hands-on, extended look at the Idaho wine industry. She’s already expressed an interest in returning.

“This was a pleasant surprise,” Parker Wong said at the end of a tour of the Snake River Valley the day following the competition. “After an initial introduction a number of years ago, and then with really no follow-up other than reading the press, I was really delighted to see the wine quality and the range of style for the different varieties. Overall, I’m really excited about what’s happening here.”

In addition to Parker Wong, the panel also featured Tim Donahue, winemaker/consultant, Horse Thief Wine Solutions, Walla Walla, Wash.; Ilene Dudunake, owner, A New Vintage Wine Shop, Meridian, Idaho; Lane Hoss, vice-president of operations/wine buyer, Anthony’s Restaurants, Kirkland, Wash.; Kathryn House McClaskey, director of education, Hayden Beverage Co., Boise; Ellen Landis, journalist/certified sommelier/educator, EllenOnWine.com, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Jeff Ritchey, winemaker/owner of California-based Winerat Consulting, who now lives in the Snake River Valley.

The tasting of 164 wines and 13 ciders was staged Tuesday, May 24 at Koenig Vineyards in the Sunnyslope Wine District west of Caldwell. This marked the 13th consecutive year of Great Northwest Wine’s collaboration with the Idaho Wine Commission on orchestrating the Idaho Wine Competition. All but one of those judgings have been conducted in the state of Idaho.

6 golds out of Harless’s Chicago St. facility

Tim Harless, left, owner and head winemaker for Hat Ranch Winery in Caldwell, Idaho, and assistant winemaker Will Wetmore played roles in six wines that received gold medals at the 2022 Idaho Wine Competition, led by the Vale Wine Company 2021 Chardonnay that was voted Best White Wine of the judging. (Photo by Eric Degerman / Great Northwest Wine)

Tim Harless came close to producing the competition’s best wine for the second straight year when his Vale Wine Company 2021 Chardonnay was selected as the judging’s top white wine. It was no coincidence that another of his wines — the Hat Ranch Winery 2021 Estate Dry Moscato — narrowly lost out to the Vale Chardonnay during the sweepstakes vote for Best White Wine. In 2015, Harless won the Idaho Wine Competition with his 2014 Estate Dry Muscat.

While he operates a tasting room alongside his 6-acre Hat Ranch vineyard on the Sunnyslope, Harless and assistant winemaker Will Wetmore produce wines for their own brands and several clients at the University of Idaho’s incubator in downtown Caldwell along Chicago Street. Wetmore’s Veer Wine Project 2019 Vincens Red Wine from young Rock Spur Vineyards earned a gold in the Merlot category. Harless heads up the winemaking for Kerry Hill, which earned a gold for its Monarch Tempranillo.

Clyde “C.J.” Northrup, geoscience professor at Boise State University, turned a rosé made with estate Graciano — a lively Spanish red grape — into a gold medal for his young Famici Wine Co., which are bottled by Hat Ranch. Northrup is helping to spearhead the petition for the Sunnyslope American Viticultural Area. If successful, it would be the second sub-AVA for the Snake River Valley. 

Parma Ridge serves up 2 double golds

Stephanie Hodge and her winemaker/chef/husband, Storm Hodge, own and operate Parma Ridge Winery & Bistro in Parma, Idaho. Parma Ridge earned three gold medals at the 2022 Idaho Wine Competition, a showing that included a pair of double gold medals and a best-of-class award for Petit Verdot. (Photo courtesy of Parma Ridge Winery & Bistro)

Chef-turned-winemaker Storm Hodge continues to recover from the stroke he suffered during the 2020 harvest, and the perseverance, talent and teamwork he displays were recognized by judges with three gold medals for Parma Ridge Winery & Bistro, a showing that includes a double gold and best of class for his 2019 Petit Verdot — a red Bordeaux variety that can thrive in Idaho — and a double gold for a 2021 Estate Gewürztraminer that he shares credit with Megan Hartman. 

There also was a gold medal for the 2019 Syrah, pulled from the Hodge family’s 9.5 acres of vines that surround the bistro headed up by the former assistant director of Housing and Food Services at the University of Washington. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Parma Ridge, launched in 1997 by Dick Dickstein, a longtime airline pilot who retired from the wine industry in 2013. Hodge and his wife, Stephanie, took over and began its transformation in 2015.

Indian Creek returns 3 gold for McClures

Winemaker Mike McClure, wife Tammy Stowe-McClure and Mui Stowe celebrate the 40-year anniversary of Indian Creek Winery, which Mui founded with her late husband, Bill Stowe, in 1982. (Photo courtesy of Indian Creek Winery)

Second-generation producer Indian Creek Winery, southwest of Boise in Kuna, continues to prove that winemaker Mike McClure and his wife, Tammy Stowe-McClure, rank among the Northwest’s top talents with Viognier. Last year, their 2020 earned a gold medal. This year, the Indian Creek 2021 Viognier yielded a best-of-class award.

The Indian Creek Rosé of Syrah was worthy of a gold, as was the 2019 Star Garnet Red Wine. Named for the Gem State’s top gem, it remains among the Northwest’s best and most nicely priced Bordeaux-driven reds. In this case, the $17 red is led by Malbec.

Young, small brands produce big awards

The Pasculli family owns Rolling Hills Vineyard in the Eagle Foothills AVA and operates an urban tasting room in Garden City, Idaho. (Photo courtesy of Rolling Hills Vineyard)

In addition to Famici, a number of Idaho’s smallest and youngest brands also earned acclaim.

Dude DeWalt Cellars used Sangiovese from a tiny vineyard along Ballantyne Lane in the Eagle Foothills AVA for the judging’s top rosé. Rolling Hills Vineyard with estate vines in the Eagle Foothills was twice awarded best of class — led by a double gold for its 2019 Tempranillo and a gold for the Malbec-driven 2018 Mascot Red Blend.

Kindred Vineyards & Winery earned a double gold medal in the Malbec category with its 2020 Papas. Owyhee Vista Vineyard east of Kuna earned a gold for its 2021 Chardonnay. And almost exactly between Boise and Twin Falls is the recently rebranded Y Knot Winery, which also showcased the star power of Syrah when the Glenns Ferry producer’s bottling from the 2020 vintage was awarded a gold.

5 golds from Lewis-Clark Valley cellars

Clearwater Canyon Cellars in Lewiston, led by viticulturist Karl Umiker and his winemaking wife, Coco, have won 34 career Platinum Awards from Great Northwest Wine – which leads all Idaho producers and ranks No. 6 overall in the Pacific Northwest. (Richard Duval Images)

Vintners in the historic city of Lewiston combined for five golds, including two best-of-class awards and a double gold. Clearwater Canyon Cellars, selected by Wine Press Northwest magazine as the 2020 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year, used fruit from within Lewis-Clark Valley AVA for its 2019 Coco’s Reserve Selway Red Wine. Boise-born winemaker Coco Umiker also won a gold for her often-decorated Carménère program from Phinny Hill Vineyard in Washington’s famed Horse Heaven Hills.

Lindsay Creek Vineyards near the Lewiston Orchards relied on Washington fruit for its two best-of-class wines — a 2016 Merlot and 2021 Riesling. The McIntosh brothers recruited Florida winemaker Kelsie Dyell, a 2019 graduate of Washington State University’s winemaking program, for the cellar at Lindsay Creek ahead of the 2020 harvest. And the Two Bad Labs 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the Walla Walla Valley brought back a gold for winemaker Paul Sullivan.

Old vine Cab stands out along Homedale Rd.

The cellar at Koenig Vineyards was behind a number of the top wines at the 2022 Idaho Wine Competition. (Photo by Eric Degerman / Great Northwest Wine)

The Roghani Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, an expression using some of the state’s oldest vines, received a double gold medal and earned the title as Best Cabernet Sauvignon. The site planted just below 2,700 feet elevation — adjacent to manicured Fraser Vineyard and along Homedale Road on the western edge of the Sunnyslope — features gnarled vines more than 40 years old that once were part of the abandoned Polo Cove development.

Last year’s Best Sweet Wine at the Idaho Wine Competition was the Roghani Vineyards 2015 Late Harvest Riesling. The wines are produced at Koenig Vineyards, and the 2018 vintage was the final crush managed by founding winemaker Greg Koenig and Martin Fujishin. Bottles are available in Eagle at Roghani’s Restaurant, which is part of Château des Fleurs gardens and the Camille Beckham skincare headquarters near the Boise River. (Fujishin also earned a gold medal for the 2019 Petite Sirah under his eponymous brand.)

When it came to Merlot, the 2019 vintage from Huston Vineyards paved the way to a gold medal. Earlier in the week, the Alger family announced that one son — Jacob — has been promoted to production manager at the winery while his brother, Josh, will head up the viticulture. William vonMetzger, who spent more than a decade in the cellar at Walla Walla Vintners, remains involved in the winemaking for Huston and its popular Chicken Dinner brand produced in Walla Walla.

Koenig Vineyards, now led by dairyman-turned-winemaker James Nederend, wowed Parker Wong’s panel with a 2019 Nebbiolo from nearby Lanae Ridge Vineyard that earned double gold, indicating the unanimous vote for gold among a panel. Koenig Vineyards also received a gold for its 2021 Dry Riesling from Williamson Vineyard, a stone’s throw away from the Nederend family’s winery.

Lanae Ridge, one of the warmest sites in the region, is owned by retired Micron executive Jay Hawkins. He grew up on a Hagerman Valley farm near Buhl and recently doubled the scale of Nebbiolo at Lanae Ridge from 2 to 4 acres. He’s also replanting an aging site nearby that had belonged to the Symms family, co-founders of Ste. Chapelle — home to Idaho’s largest winery brand and the state’s oldest tasting room.

“From what I can see, the hospitality is world-class — on par with what I’ve seen in California and anywhere in the world,” Parker Wong said. “I know that seated tastings are relatively new to the region, but I think that will evolve rather quickly, and COVID has sped that along.”

Holesinsky, Williamson families grab 2 golds

James Holesinsky, with his son, Henrik, holds a photograph of his late father, Frank Holesinsky, who established the family’s namesake vineyard in Buhl, Idaho. (Photo by Randy Thaemert / Courtesy of Holesinsky Vineyard and Winery)

The skilled transition by the Williamson family toward vineyards at the expense of decades of their orchard fruit showed up in a number of gold-medal winners grown for others as well as two wines made for them with their own fruit at Koenig Vineyards by Nederend and Fujishin. And the Albariño that Fujishin urged the Williamson clan to plant led to a double gold medal for the bottling of the 2021 vintage. (The Williamson Vineyards 2019 Albariño won best of show here in 2020.) Meanwhile, another Italian red variety — a 2019 Sangiovese — earned a gold for the Williamsons.

“The winemakers are creative in their fruit sourcing, and they know their vineyards well, which is exciting,” Parker Wong said.

The husband/wife winemaking team of chemists James and Caitlin Holesinsky used fruit from within the Hagerman Valley to earn gold medals for a fresh 2021 Stainless Steel Chardonnay and 2021 Rosé of Syrah. The Holesinsky family, named 2022 Idaho Winery of the Year by Great Northwest Wine, is working on a petition to the federal government, seeking the establishment of the 1,000 Springs AVA.

“We’re not interested in fruit that’s not from Idaho,” James Holesinsky says. “About 90 percent of what we produce is from the Hagerman Valley.”

Parker Wong applauded the continued exploration of terroir throughout the state by Idaho’s wine industry.

“It’s absolutely an emerging wine region,” she said. “Idaho has some constraints, but it has fewer problems than say, Virginia, which has to deal with deer fencing and other factors. And the lack of humidity here is a huge plus in terms of winegrowers. It means fewer inputs in the vineyard.”

Meriwether, Cedar Draw ciders golden 

Deborah Parker Wong, one of the wine world’s leading journalists, also serves as the national editor for Slow Wine Guide USA and global wine editor for SOMM Journal and The Tasting Panel magazines. She’s an adjunct professor in the wine studies program at Santa Rosa Junior College and Cabrillo College, and she holds the Wine and Spirits Education Trust diploma. (Photo by Jeremy Ball / Courtesy of DeborahParkerWong.com)

The Idaho Cider Competition was staged alongside the wine competition, and the panel included Parker Wong, who has served as head judge for the California Cider Competition in Mendocino County.

Highpoint’s MotherTrucker showcases the production team of brothers Andrew and Alex Perez, who launched Highpoint in the spring of 2021, and fellow cidermaker Cam Hieronymus. MotherTrucker is done in a New World style with a ferment of one month or less. Highpoint also earned a gold medal for its semi-dry, ginger-infused Session cider called Spur. They ship to 40 states via Vinoshipper.

Cedar Draw Cider near the Hagerman Valley town of Buhl received best of class and a gold medal for the Wickson Vixen Dry Cider by cidermaker/oncology nurse Emily Mason. She and her husband, John, also ship to 40 states.

Meriwether Cider Co., in Garden City, across the Boise River from downtown Boise, impressed judges with its Rosé Cider, earning a double gold medal and best-of-class award in the semi-dry category. Justin Simms’s work involving this cider involves steeping pomace of Cabernet Franc grapes from the cellar of Par Terre Winery – also in Garden City. The Leadbetter family ships to 39 states, including Missouri. After all, the Leadbetters named their brand as a tribute to a distant relative — Corps of Discovery explorer Meriwether Lewis.

“The reception and the down-to-earth welcoming nature of the vintners, the winemakers and the growers has been really lovely,” Parker Wong said. “I feel as if they are very open to more research and more tasting by experts and more introspection of what they are doing and how things are going. They are very open to feedback, which is great.”

13th annual Idaho Wine Competition

The Cinder Wines 2020 Syrah from the Snake River Valley is a blend of Sawtooth and Williamson vineyards, and it was co-fermented with a splash of Viognier in a Côte-Rôtie style. (Photo by Traci Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Best of show/Best Syrah/double gold medal
Cinder Wines 2020 Syrah, Snake River Valley $35.00
Best white wine/Best Chardonnay/gold medal
Vale Wine Co. 2021 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley $23.00
Best rosé/gold medal
Dude DeWalt Cellars 2021 Rosé, Eagle Foothills $26.00
Best Cabernet Sauvignon/double gold medal
Roghani Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley $51.20
Best of class/double gold medal
Hat Ranch Winery 2021 Estate Dry Moscato, Snake River Valley $21.00
Kindred Vineyards 2020 Papas Malbec, Snake River Valley $44.00
Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2021 Riesling, Washington State $17.00
Parma Ridge Winery & Bistro 2019 Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley $36.00
Rolling Hills Vineyard 2019 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley $36.00
Koenig Vineyards 2019 Lanae Ridge Vineyard Nebbiolo, Snake River Valley $32.00
Best of class/gold medal
Indian Creek Winery 2021 Viognier, Snake River Valley $17.00
Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2016 Merlot, Washington State $26.00
Rolling Hills Vineyard 2018 Mascot Red Blend, Walla Walla Valley/Snake River Valley $36.00
Double gold medal
Parma Ridge Winery & Bistro 2021 Estate Gewürztraminer, Snake River Valley $23.00
Williamson Vineyards 2021 Albariño, Snake River Valley $27.60
Gold medal
Cinder Wines 2021 Rosé of Syrah, Snake River Valley $25.00
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2020 Carménère, Washington State $32.00
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2019 Coco’s Reserve Selway, Lewis-Clark Valley $45.00
Famici Wine Co., 2021 Rosé of Graciano, Snake River Valley $27.00
Fujishin Family Cellars 2019 Petite Sirah, Snake River Valley $29.95
Hat Ranch Winery 2019 Malbec, Snake River Valley $32.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2021 JH Stainless Steel Chardonnay, Snake River Valley $18.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2021 Buhljolais Gertchen Vineyard Rosé of Syrah, Snake River Valley $14.00
Huston Vineyards 2019 Merlot, Snake River Valley $31.00
Indian Creek Winery 2019 Star Garnet Red Wine, Snake River Valley $17.00
Indian Creek Winery 2021 Rosé of Syrah, Snake River Valley $20.00
Kerry Hill Winery 2019 Monarch Tempranillo, Snake River Valley $35.00
Koenig Vineyards 2021 Williamson Vineyard Dry Riesling, Snake River Valley $18.00
Owyhee Vista Vineyard 2021 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley $20.00
Parma Ridge Winery & Bistro 2019 Syrah, Snake River Valley $38.00
Two Bad Labs Vineyard 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State $35.00
Veer Wine Project 2019 Vincens (Merlot), Snake River Valley $30.00
Williamson Vineyards 2019 Sangiovese, Snake River Valley $33.60
Y Knot Winery 2020 Syrah, Snake River Valley $28.00
Silver medal
Bitner Vineyards 2019 Chardonnay Reserve, Snake River Valley $35.00
Bitner Vineyards 2011 Port-style, Snake River Valley $40.00
Bitner Vineyards 2018 Petit Verdot/Merlot, Snake River Valley $40.00
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2020 Louis Delsol Cabernet Sauvignon, Lewis-Clark Valley $36.00
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2021 Lochsa Chardonnay, Lewis-Clark Valley $22.00
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2020 Merlot, Lewis-Clark Valley $28.00
Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2020 Renaissance Red, Lewis-Clark Valley $25.00
Cold Springs Winery 2018 Gun Fighter Red, Snake River Valley $25.00
Cold Springs Winery 2016 Syrah, Snake River Valley, $25.00
Domaine Holesinsky 2021 Holesinsky Vineyard Buhljolais Sparkling Cuvée (green bottle), Snake River Valley $22.00
Dude DeWalt Cellars 2019 Crimson Cabernet, Snake River Valley $58.00
Famici Wine Co. 2019 Primitivo, Snake River Valley $36.00
Hat Ranch Winery 2021 Unoaked Chardonnay, Snake River Valley $22.00
Hat Ranch Winery 2019 Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley $34.00
Hat Ranch Winery 2019 Hat Trick Red, Snake River Valley $28.00
Hat Ranch Winery 2019 Tempranillo, Snake River Valley $32.00
Hat Ranch Winery 2019 Hat Trick White, Snake River Valley $21.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2020 Stainless Steel Chardonnay, Snake River Valley $18.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2021 Barrel-Aged Chardonnay, Snake River Valley $22.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2020 100% Malbec, Snake River Valley $38.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2021 Gertchen Vineyard Dry Buhljolais Rosé of Syrah, Snake River Valley $14.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2021 Unicorn Rose of Syrah, Snake River Valley $12.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2021 Sparkling Unicorn Rosé of Syrah, Snake River Valley $22.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2020 JH 100% Syrah, Snake River Valley $42.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2021 JH White Blend, Snake River Valley $14.00
Indian Creek Winery 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley $22.00
Indian Creek Winery 2020 Reserve Chardonnay, Snake River Valley $24.00
Indian Creek Winery 2019 Malbec, Snake River Valley $25.00
Indian Creek Winery 2021 Grüner Veltliner, Snake River Valley $22.00
Indian Creek Winery 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Snake River Valley $22.00
Kerry Hill Winery 2019 Vixen Cabernet Franc, Snake River Valley $35.00
Kerry Hill Winery 2019 Migration Private Reserve Malbec, Snake River Valley $45.00
Kerry Hill Winery 2018 Red Wing Private Reserve Merlot, Snake River Valley $45.00
Kerry Hill Winery 2021 Great Grey Pinot Grigio, Snake River Valley $23.00
Kindred Vineyards 2020 Legacy, Snake River Valley $39.00
Kindred Vineyards 2019 Summer Silhouette, Snake River Valley $39.00
Koenig Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley $32.00
Koenig Vineyards NV Riesling Ice Wine, Snake River Valley $30.00
Koenig Vineyards 2019 Syrah – Petite Sirah Blend, Snake River Valley $32.00
Koenig Vineyards 2021 Rosé, Snake River Valley $20.00
Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc, Washington State $36.00
Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2021 Estate Sèmillion, Lewis-Clark Valley $25.00
Rivaura Estate Vineyards & Winery 2020 Estate Viognier, Lewis-Clark Valley $28.00
Rolling Hills Vineyard 2019 Cabernet Franc, Eagle Foothills $40.00
Rolling Hills Vineyard 2019 Merlot, Snake River Valley $38.00
Rolling Hills Vineyard 2019 Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley $36.00
Sawtooth Estate Winery 2020 Classic Fly Series GSM Red Blend, Snake River Valley $48.00
Sawtooth Estate Winery 2021 The Classic Fly Series Dry Riesling, Snake River Valley $28.00
Sawtooth Estate Winery 2021 The Classic Fly Series Viognier, Snake River Valley $26.00
SCORIA Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley $32.00
SCORIA Vineyards 2019 Estate Blend, Snake River Valley $36.00
SCORIA Vineyards 2021 Dry Rosé, Snake River Valley $20.00
Ste. Chapelle 2021 Panoramic Sauvignon Blanc, Snake River Valley $26.99
Telaya Wine Co. 2019 Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley $38.00
Telaya Wine Co. 2021 Viognier, Snake River Valley $25.00
Two Bad Labs Vineyard 2020 Sèmillon, Lewis-Clark Valley $23.00
Two Bad Labs Vineyard 2019 Riesling, Lewis-Clark Valley $17.00
Two Bad Labs Vineyard 2020 Summer White, Lewis-Clark Valley $17.00
Vale Wine Co. 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley $30.00
Vale Wine Co. 2019 Merlot, Snake River Valley $28.00
Vale Wine Co. 2019 Syrah, Snake River Valley $31.00
Vale Wine Co. 2021 Viognier, Snake River Valley $21.00
Veer Wine Project 2021 Riesling, Snake River Valley $22.00
Veer Wine Project 2019 Maeve, Snake River Valley $45.00
Y Knot Winery 2020 Reserve Merlot, Snake River Valley $32.00
Y Knot Winery 2020 Blue Noir Lemberger, Snake River Valley $29.00
Y Knot Winery 2020 Riesling, Snake River Valley $24.00
Zhoo Zhoo Wines 2019 Claret, Snake River Valley $26.00
Bronze medal
Cold Springs Winery 2016 Tri Blend, Snake River Valley $25.00
Domaine Holesinsky 2021 Holesinsky Vineyard Buhljolais Sparkling Cuvée, Snake River Valley $22.00
Dude DeWalt Cellars 2019 Syrah, Eagle Foothills $35.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2020 JH Cabernet Sauvignon, Snake River Valley $80.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2020 100% Oaked Chardonnay, Snake River Valley $28.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2019 100% Pinot Noir, Snake River Valley $28.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2020 100% Pinot Noir, Snake River Valley $65.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2020 Idawine Red Blend, Snake River Valley $14.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2021 Idawine White Blend Snake River Valley $14.00
Holesinsky Winery and Vineyard 2021 100% White Blend, Snake River Valley $18.00
Jovinea Cellars 2021 Pinot Grigio, Lewis-Clark Valley $16.00
Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2017 Malbec, Washington State $24.00
Lindsay Creek Vineyards 2016 Petite Sirah, Washington State $28.00
Roghani Vineyards 2019 Chardonnay, Snake River Valley $35.20
Y Knot Winery NV Peach Sangria, Snake River Valley $24.00
Y Knot Winery 2021 Gewürztraminer, Snake River Valley $18.00
Y Knot Winery 2020 Pinot Gris, Snake River Valley $25.00

Idaho Cider Competition

Best of show/double gold medal
Highpoint Cider Cellar Series No. 001 MotherTrucker – Wild, Hazy, Juicy Cider, $3.59
Best of class/double gold medal
Meriwether Cider Co., Rosé Cider, $18.00
Best of class/gold medal
Cedar Draw Cider Wickson Vixen Cider, $14.00
Gold medal
Highpoint Cider Spur – Ginger Infused Session Cider, $3.49
Silver medal
Cedar Draw Cider Zero Brix Dry Cider, $8.99
Highpoint Cider Nomad – Wild, Hazy, Dry Cider, $3.75
Cedar Draw Cider War Worthy Cider, $8.99
Meriwether Cider Co., Black Currant Crush Cider, $10.50
Highpoint Cider Transplant New England-style Semi-Dry Cider, $3.49
Highpoint Cider Tram-Line Mosaic Dry Hopped Cider, $3.49

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the President and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for a decade. He is a frequent wine judge at international wine competitions throughout North America and orchestrates 10 Northwest competitions each year.

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